Being part of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15)

Next week I start working as an attache to the Danish Foreign Ministry during the COP15 in Copenhagen. Although it is a short period of time (December 2 – December 19) the selection procedure and preparation for employees have been very long.

I applied for a position at the end of July this year together with 2000 other hopeful candidates (both Danes and foreigners). In August I received the first invitation to a job interview with Execute, a recruitment company, who had been chosen to find the candidates in cooperation with the Danish Foreign Ministry.

In September, I went to a group interview with seven other well qualified candidates. In this interview we were to prepare a one minute speech about ourselves in Danish, a three minute lecture in English (without papers) about Denmark and be prepared to answer a random question about the UN Climate Change Conference in English (we were expected to read the COP15 website in advance to prepare for the question).

On October 8 I was invited to the second part of the job interview which was a role-play session in the Danish Foreign Ministry. We were to prove that we could handle difficult guests at the conference with a smile :-).

On October 14 I received the final recognition that I was part of the team together with about 300 other candidates – but nothing about hours, start time or job function (and place).

I received my work schedule and job function on November 20 and since then I have been excitedly anticipating the start of the conference. Hours and place of work can still be changed any minute, but so far it looks as if I will be working 8 hours every day in the airport receiving the delegations who arrive, controlling passport and visa and supplying information to COP15 participants.

I am really looking forward to being part of this conference, which is the biggest ever held in Denmark, and I am hoping that the goals for the COP15 materialise.

2 thoughts on “Being part of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15)”

  1. Hi Tina
    You should be very proud of yourself Tina, first of all for being accepted into your new job and secondly for being part of such an important conference. This is only the start of something that will have a huge impact on all our lives and future generations. Never let your passion die, good on you!

  2. Dear Tina,

    It is said that the COP15 failed to achieve
    substantial results.
    However, it contributed toward letting
    the world’s private sectors realize that
    addressing global warming be their own task
    leading to even their business opportunity.
    In this sense, the COP15 was successful and
    you should be proud of contributing to it.
    I hope that this experience will enhance
    your new life in Copenhagen as the capital
    of the happiest country in the world.

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